Hi. Holly here. Thanks for the kind comments on HollyEats here and elsewhere on Roadfood.
For the record I referred to John Fox as Hot Dog John. The reporter chose to use the term mailman. I always refer to John as Hot Dog John. He is my muse, hot dog wise. He is also my go-to source whenever I need detailed information on hot dogs. And yes it was Hot Dog John who got me started on North Jersey Dogs. I grew up in North Jersey – Mountain Lakes a town about 30 miles west of NYC. Yet during those formative years I never made it to any of the North Jersey Dog Joints listed on my site. Took Hot Dog John to open my eyes.
While I’m at it, Paul wondered about my relative short write-ups. Two reasons for that. First I used to work for an ad agency. The creative director there, Alan Johnson – most famous for coming up with "A piece of the rock" always reminded everyone that no one reads copy. That’s an exageration, but I am of the picture equals a thousand words school of writing.
Beyond that, one of the joys of being my own editor and publisher is that I can write only what I want to write about a place. Back in my newspaper writing days, every place got 800 or so words. With HollyEats, the places that inspire me (see Charlie’s Pool Hall) get the equivalent of a column. The places that are grease-stain worthy but where I couldn’t grasp a hook to write about, get a paragraph or two. I long ago escaped writing bite by bite reviews.